Olutosin Oduwole, US Based Nigerian, Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Terrorist Threat

// News | Top Stories | Olutosin Oduwole, US Based Nigerian, Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Terrorist Threat
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

An aspiring rapper was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison over a 2007 money-demanding note that threatened a Virginia Tech-like killing spree, failing to convince a judge the writing was innocent lyrics and other musings.

A barely audible Olutosin Oduwole insisted in court that he “did not mean to incite fear.”

“That was never my intention. That is not my character,” said the 26-year-old rapper and former Southern Illinois University student. The note was found in his car on the college’s campus.

Madison County Circuit Judge Richard Tognarelli said jurors were right when they convicted Olutosin Oduwole in October of attempting to make a terrorist threat, a felony.

“The jury found that this was not a song. They found it was a threat, and I do not disagree with them,” the judge said of the case.

Oduwole stared blankly toward Tognarelli when the judge rejected the defense’s call for probation and ordered what he described as “appropriate” prison time. The sentence was well short of the maximum 15-year term prosecutors were seeking.

Tognarelli also sentenced Olutosin Oduwole to 364 days and a $1,000 fine on a related conviction of illegally having or storing a loaded pistol in his on-campus apartment the day he was arrested in July 2007, just months after the Virginia Tech rampage that left 32 people dead along with the gunman.

Tognarelli ordered the terms to be served at the same time, minus whatever time Olutosin Oduwole has already spent in jail. He rejected Oduwole’s requests for a new trial and release on bond pending his appeals, saying he still sees Oduwole as a public threat.

Oduwole was attending the Illinois school’s 13,000-student Edwardsville campus, northeast of St. Louis, when campus police found a piece of paper in his abandoned car, which they had impounded and was out of gas. The writing demanded payment to a PayPal account, threatening “if this account doesn’t reach $50,000 in the next 7 days then a murderous rampage similar to the VT shooting will occur at another highly populated university. THIS IS NOT A JOKE!”

While referencing the Virginia Tech massacre, the writing did not make any direct reference to targeting the Edwardsville campus.

Even before the piece of paper was found in his car, Oduwole was being scrutinized by federal agents. A gun dealer had tipped them off earlier in the month that Oduwole appeared overly anxious to get four semiautomatic weapons — including an Uzi-like Mac 10 — that he had ordered.

Prosecutors said in court Wednesday that the totality of those circumstances, along with the loaded gun found in Oduwole’s apartment, constituted a potential danger that could not be ignored.

“I’m having a hard time coming up with a scenario where that isn’t threatening serious harm,” prosecutor John Fischer argued, insisting that Oduwole be given a tough sentence that could dissuade others from acting similarly. “Having a loaded gun on campus is inappropriate, regardless of the threat. The threat rises it to another level.”

Oduwole’s attorneys, as they had at trial, countered that the “note” was “nothing more than a piece of scrap paper with private thoughts, the beginning of a song.” They said the writing found crumpled in his abandoned car was never meant to be made public or shared.

“Olutosin Oduwole was prosecuted for his thoughts,” Jeffrey Urdangen argued on Oduwole’s behalf. “At the end of the day, judge, everything else being equal, I can honestly characterize this as a First Amendment train wreck.”

After Wednesday’s sentencing, Oduwole pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft and computer fraud related to his online sale of a gun he did not have, though he collected money from the would-be buyer. Oduwole was sentenced to 2 ½ years of probation on those charges, which will be served with the prison time.

Tagged : Nigerian Weddings, nigerian scammer, scammer, Craigslist SCAM uncovered Nigerian check SCAM, craiglist scam, craiglist, Nigerian Living in China

Headlines Newsview all

Troops Intercept Boko Haram Remnants And Kills 3

Today at about 9.25am in the morning, troops of 120 Task Force Battalion, 27 Task Force Brigade, in conjunction with vigilantes while patrol, intercepted 5 ... Full story

Fresh Attack Begins In Benue As Fulani Herdsmen Declare 80 Cows Missing

There are fears that Agatu may soon come under serious attack from suspected Fulani herdsmen following a recent media speculation that over 50 cows belonging ... Full story

Troops Attacks Fulani Herdsmen And Score Massive Success (Photos)

Nigerian troops have recorded another massive success in its fight against terrorism after overcoming cattle rustlers and bandits in the northern part of the country. ... Full story

EFCC Reveals How Jonathan’s Cousin Got $40m In 2014

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wednesday, disclosed how a cousin to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Azibaola Roberts, got $40million from former NSA, Sambo ... Full story

My Criticisms Of “My Father” Buhari Is Healthy For Nigeria Says Governor Ayodele Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday described President Muhammadu Buhari as “my father” and that it becomes improper for him to abuse the President as ...

2016 Budget : For The Third Time Buhari Returns 2016 Budget To National Assembly

For the third time, the 2016 Appropriation Bill has been returned as President Muhammadu Buhari was said to have picked holes in the re-worked budget ...

Crude Oil Production In Lagos Start Today

An oil firm, Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Company Limited (YFP), has started the production of crude oil from its Aje Field located in Block OML 113, ...

FG Change Enugu Police Commissioner Over Fulani Herdsmen Attack

The Nigeria Police Force has removed the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu, over the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo in Enugu State ...

Undung Pam Reveals Why The Media War Against Okonjo Iweala Will Fail

The Nigerian political environment is largely toxic and not many who have served as public officers, especially in positions of authority and influence, come out ...

States Should Decide What To Pay As Minimum Wages Says John Oyegun

The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said states should be allowed to fix their minimum wage according to their financial ...

Federal Government Fails To Produce Dasuki In Court For Trial

The Federal Government failed today to produce former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja for trial ...

Comment on: Olutosin Oduwole, US Based Nigerian, Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Terrorist Threat

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Basketmouth Wins New York Festival Award

Popular comedian, Basketmouth who just bagged an international award for his television documentary, is giving out a whooping N1million on Instagram after hitting a million ... Full story

Seen Amazing New Photos Of Her Excellency Toyin Saraki

Her Excellency Mrs Toyin Saraki looks adorable in the new photo released ahead of her Inaugural conference. Toyin Saraki Toyin Saraki, the Founder-Director of the Wellbeing Foundation ...

Preview: Real Madrid vs Man City

All roads lead to Milan tonight when Real Madrid welcome Manchester City to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. While some have predicted an all Madrid final following Atletico triumph ...

Newly Married Yoruba Actor Bigvai Jokotoye Fires Haters : I Didn't Marry My Wife For American Green Card

The Nigerian actor has been criticized for dumping his ex lover for an American based nurse whom he got married to earlier this year.   ...

See Amazing Photos From Asa's Concert In Lagos

When host, and veteran broadcaster; Olisa Adibua heralded Asa’s arrival on stage, the crowd rose and ushered in the international superstar with resounding applause that ...

Ronaldo Declared One Hundred Percent Fit By Zidane

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been given the greenlight for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, coach Zinedine Zidane ...

World Leaders, Celebrities, Players React To Leicester’s Victory

Leicester's wait for a first top-flight title came to an end on Monday night as Tottenham drew 2-2 with Chelsea. The news was greeted with jubilation ...

Apparently Tiwa Savage Only Stayed With Teebillz To Get A Child

It is easier for two camels to pass through the eye of a needle at the same time than for celebrity marriages to pass the ...

Genevieve Nnaji Turns 37 Today

Today marks Genevieve’s 37th birthday. But many will confess that the adorable actress looks very sixteen. She has got the enigmatic age cheating potion she ...

Kunle Afolayan's Younger Brother Opens Up On His Love For Older Women

One man’s poison is another man’s meal, so they say. While many young dudes will prefer to date ladies they are very much older than, ...